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May 31, 2007

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May 31, 2007

Una Polemica Disposición del Papa Benedicto XVI
Afirman que es inminente el retorno de la misa en latín
El Papa levantará la restricción actual. Pero el uso de esa lengua no será obligatorio. por Julio Algañaraz | El Vaticano Corresponsal
jalganaraz@clarin.com

http://www.clarin.com/diario/2007/05/28/elmundo/i-02401.htm

Vuelve la misa en latín. La quiere el Papa desde siempre. El cardenal Joseph Ratzinger, elegido como Benedicto XVI hace dos años, se opuso a la reforma litúrgica promovida por el Concilio Vaticano II y llevada a cabo por Pablo VI. Según aseguraron fuentes vaticanas a Clarín, ya “todo está listo”, incluso el motu proprio o “indulto” que será anunciado pronto.

Durante 1.500 años la misa tradicional católica fue dicha en latín y las normas fueron sistematizadas por el Concilio de Trento, en 1570, en plena Contrarreforma, vigiladas por la Santa Inquisición y el Santo Oficio, que en nuestros tiempos fueron rebautizados Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, cuyo prefecto o “ministro” fue durante más de dos décadas el cardenal Ratzinger hasta que lo eligieron Papa.

La reimplantación de los ritos tridentinos no será obligatorio para los fieles, pero quedarán abolidas definitivamente las restricciones actuales. Sólo un obispo podrá prohibir la misa tridentina en su diócesis y dándole al Vaticano las razones que explicarán ese gesto.

El regreso de la misa en latín apunta en las intenciones de Benedicto XVI también a absorber definitivamente la escisión de los ultraconservadores secuaces del obispo tradicionalista francés Marcel Lefebvre, quien consumó un cisma en 1988 al consagrar a cuatro obispos. Juan Pablo II debió excomulgarlo a él y a su comunidad, que ya en los años 70 había entrado en crisis con Roma cuando Lefebvre ordenó a varios sacerdotes en el cuartel general de los ultramontanos en Ecóne, Suiza, donde se encuentra la Comunidad San Pío X y su principal seminario. Pablo VI lo suspendió a divinis.

Dos cardenales latinoamericanos conservadores confirmaron que pronto el Papa firmará el documento que reimplanta la misa en latín. En diciembre lo anunció el protodiácono de la Iglesia, el chileno Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez. El purpurado integra la Comisión Ecclesia Dei (Iglesia de Dios), que se había reunido entonces para considerar la liberalización de la misa en latín por iniciativa del mismo Benedicto XVI.

“Hemos hecho algunas correcciones al texto”, explicó el cardenal Medina Estévez. El presidente de la comisión es el colombiano Darío Castrillon Hoyos, quien hace tiempo presentó el texto al Pontífice. El cardenal niega a quien lo quiera escuchar que la medida represente un acrobático salto mortal hacia atrás que mortifica las normas litúrgicas del Concilio Vaticano II realizadas por Pablo VI. Desde 1969, las reformas impusieron los idiomas nacionales en las misas e hicieron dar media vuelta al sacerdote celebrante, que desde entonces mira hacia los fieles y no al altar durante la mayor parte de la misa, además de otros cambios, como los cantos en lenguas folklóricas y el uso de instrumentos musicales nacionales.

El cardenal belga Godfried Daneels, en una declaración que difundió ayer la agencia Associated Press, cuya vaticanista Nicole Winfield dedicó al tema un largo artículo, dijo que “el rito no es lo importante sino lo que viene después”. “No podemos volver atrás. El Vaticano II es un concilio como todos los demás”. Quiso decir que sus decisiones, aprobadas por el Papa, son obligatorias.

Según el cardenal Daneels, que es uno de los escasos purpurados progresistas del actual colegio cardenalicio, una mayor celebración de la misa tridentina podría polarizar a la Iglesia y conducir a “la negación” del Concilio II.

La misa tradicional en latín nunca fue abolida del todo, pero eran necesarios permisos especiales de los obispos. La liturgia tradicionalista se realiza siempre en lugares de culto utilizados por grupos ultraconservadores de la Iglesia, que están muy entusiasmados con la voluntad del actual Papa de regresar al latín, a la música sacra y los cantos gregorianos. Benedicto XVI ha repetido varias veces que los sacerdotes deben estar mejor preparados para el uso del latín en las misas y quiere “latinizar” progresivamente la liturgia de las misas reformadas, que prevalecen hoy largamente en las celebraciones católicas de todo el mundo.

Enjoy the beauty!

We Remember

May 28, 2007

As We Remember Those That Protect Us,
On Memorial Day And Always…

Greater love than this no one has, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank You for the gift of life, the gift of our country, and the gift of freedom.

Thank You for the men and women who protect these gifts, at home and abroad, even at the sacrifice of their own lives, and for their families. They are the true heroes among us.

Today we pause to remember all those who have laid down their lives since our nation’s creation, so that we can continue to enjoy the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let Your perpetual light shine upon them, and grant them eternal rest.

Dear God, please protect all who serve our great and blessed country, who fight to keep us free from injustice and harm. Send out Your angels upon them and cover them with the precious blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In His Name we pray, and for His sake. Amen.

L’Art pour L’Art

May 27, 2007

Two Acolytes Censing, Pentecost
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)

1863 | Watercolor | dimensions: 40.2 x 35 cm.

Simeon Solomon was one of the most distinguished painters of Victorian England’s Aesthetic movement. Together with Swinburne, Rossetti, and Burne-Jones, Solomon delighted in the passionate and sensual aspects of life. Although these Pre-Raphaelites did not resist allegorical and classical motifs, they nonetheless led inspired those who held the theory of ‘L’Art pour L’Art,’ or ‘Art for Art’s Sake.’ First invented by French poet, novelist and critic, Theophile Gautier (1811-1872), the theory denied that art could, or should, be in anyway useful (10).

Two Acolytes Censing, Pentecost Two Acolytes Censing, Pentecost (1863) remains one of Solomon’s best known works since it depicts a highly sensual ritual. Nothing indicates that the painting refers to a literary work or has an allegorical meaning; instead, the viewer is supposed to share Solomon’s aesthetic appreciation of church ritual. Even though he was Jewish, Solomon, like other Aesthetics, was deeply drawn to ornate High Church and Roman Catholic ceremonies featuring narcissus and arum lilies banked before the alter, candles, altar lights, clouds of incense dispensed from censers, and elaborate dress (14).

Two Acolytes captures the best of those opulent High Church features. Here we see two boys dressed in brightly colored robes. The left acolyte swings a censer fumigating incense. Atop the altar stand a lavishly gilded candlestick and a vase of white lilies. Solomon painted with broad strokes that favor color– gold, white, and red–over precise detail. It is as if we are sitting among the congregation, caring not so much for specific minutia but plenty for ceremony as a whole. We care less about the robes’ embroidery than their deep glowing color, less about the censer’s craftsmanship than the pungent fumes it emits.

Two Acolytes was meant to be beautiful not useful. We do not learn a lesson or gaze introspectively upon the boys. The painting is purely aesthetic, although whether or not we like it is another question. — www.victorianweb.org/…/paintings/2.html

Dante Alighieri is shown holding a copy of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. He is pointing to a procession of sinners being led down to the circles of Hell on the left. Behind him are the seven terraces of Purgatory, with Adam and Eve representing Earthly Paradise on top. Above them, the sun and the moon represent Heavenly Paradise, whilst on the right is Dante’s home city of Florence. The illustration of Florence is self-referential, depicting the recently completed and much celebrated cathedral dome inside which the fresco is painted. — Wikipedia

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

1 Pater
1 Ave
7 Gloria Patri

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

The eighth commandment of God is: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. – Exodus 20:16

By the eighth commandment we are commanded to speak the truth in all things, but especially in what concerns the good name and honor of others. “Wherefore, put away lying and speak truth each one with his neighbor, because we are members of one another.” – Ephesians 4:25

The eighth commandment forbids lies, rash judgment, detraction, calumny, and the telling of secrets we are bound to keep. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.” — Proverbs 12:22

A person commits the sin of rash judgment when, without sufficient reason, he believes something harmful to another’s character. “Before thou inquire, blame no man.” — Ecclesiasticus 11:7

A person commits the sin of detraction when, without a good reason, he makes known the hidden faults of another. “A good name is better than great riches, and good favor is above silver and gold.” — Proverbs 22:1

A person commits the sin of calumny or slander when by lying he injures the good name of another. “Devise not a lie against thy brother, neither do the like against thy friend. — Ecclesiasticus 7:13

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

1 Pater
1 Ave
7 Gloria Patri

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Misneach *

May 25, 2007

He was a terror to any snake that came in his path, whether it was the cold, slimy reptile sliding along the ground or the more dangerous snake that oppresses men through false teachings. And he drove the snakes out of the minds of men, snakes of superstition and brutality and cruelty. ~Arthur Brisbane

* Gaelic for “Courage.”